Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Sundry 8-9-15

Welcome to Sunday Sundry, the almost-birthday edition!  That exclamation point is about as excited as I get about my birthday, although I do enjoy getting together with people to celebrate.  I'm looking forward to having lunch tomorrow with Dad and my sister, and I very much enjoyed visiting with my daughter over a meal at Outback yesterday.

As far as cake, that's been covered with the Chocolate Beet Cake I made this weekend.  Because when life (via the garden) hands you make cake!  Am I right?  Doesn't everyone?  ;)

Well, whether or not beets are involved, we do love our cake around here.

(But we do, darn it...we really do.)
This was the first beet I pulled from Dad's garden—it's heart-shaped!  Two plants grew together and formed one.  Ah, now there's a lovely metaphor.

Not so lovely to behold were the first rutabagas (elsewhere known as swedes...which reminds me of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, slavishly digging swedes from the muck for winter cattle feed).

Certainly, they are not a glamorous veg, but I put them—washed, peeled, and cubed, of course—in the slow cooker today with carrots and a tenderloin tip roast.  They were delish!

On the Wall
I finished two more kennel quilts in the past week or so, and have another small one on the design wall.

This one uses parts of two scrub tops with butterflies and two scrub pants, in sort of a Charlie-Brown-shirt zigzag or chevron.

You can see the backing I pieced for it on the cutting table below.  I love being able to use up odds and ends from the stash for the quilt backs and bindings.

Here are the other two I finished during the week.  Just patchwork squares.  Soft and simple.
These particular quilts are 25 x 45 inches.  

The pink/butterfly chevron above will be 24.5 x 32.5.

Being Human
Season 1 of Poldark finished last Sunday, unfortunately, before I was finished admiring its star, Aidan Turner.  Thankfully, I found a new-to-me series on Netflix to tide me over.

Being Human, the UK version, is pretty awesome!  I'd never seen the American TV version (which some say sucked, and they weren't talking about the vampires).

The premise almost sounds like the setup to a joke:  A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost move into a flat together.  Drama (and some hilarity) ensues!  The characters are interesting and funny and have great chemistry, and you end up caring about what happens to them.  I'm only on episode four, but I predict some serious binge-watching ahead.

Looks like I picked up a few new followers yesterday, and welcome to you all!  My Blogger stats tell me a whole bunch of people popped in from Facebook in the last day or two, but I don't know why.  Can anyone enlighten me?

I hope your week is off to a great start!


  1. Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day.

  2. Sounds like we share a birthday! I hope yours is wonderful! By the way, I'm also one who doesn't care for a big fuss over birthdays, just glad to keep having them!

  3. As I live in England I have already seen this new series of Poldark. Seeing as you are now into 'Being Human', I thought you might like to know that Russell Tovey, the character in the middle of your photo, was recently in a great series about the first convicts sent from England to Australia - it was called 'Banished' and had 7 episodes - - just thought you may be interested :)

  4. I am a new follower, but I dont do fb! I think I found you in a linkup I also linked with. I also love cake, but have not tried making it with beet root. I will eat anything disguised by chocolate though! Two of my favorite people share an Aug 11 bday, could it be?

  5. You can see I'm behind (again) in reading my blogs. Today is your birthday and I hope it's been great. Did you save me a piece of cake? Love the kennel quilts and happy you're enjoying making them. I see you already knew about rutabagas being called 'Swedes'. Sheesh.....I can't tell you anything. Not watching Poldark as it's impolite to drool on the computer, but I do need to catch the first episode of the new season of Project Runway. And those are my Sunday sundry comments for you....on a Monday.

  6. Happy Birthday Paulette! (a day late) Beet chocolate cake - that must pack an anti-oxidant punch...and so it's healthy and okay to have a second slice, right?
    Your cake meme cracked me up. :)
    You're doing amazing things with those old scrubs! That is going to be the coziest vet clinic in America!
    Congrats on the new followers; they are in for a treat!

  7. Oh I missed your birthday!! So sorry - but I'm going to wish you a happy birthday week!! And that meme about cake is absolutely perfect - I may print it out and post it on my fridge!! Your kennel quilts are awesome - keep up the good work!

  8. The quilts are lovely! Happy belated birthday! Did you see how I backstitched the Hendrix's t-shirt you found for me? The quilt is almost done, well, only because the deadline is this weekend. I swear I could work on it a few more weeks to add more embroidery!


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